Eurygeophilus pinguis (Brölemann, 1898)
- GB IUCN status: Least Concern
- GB rarity status: Nationally Rare
Eurygeophilus pinguis is a pale yellowish-brown centipede (to 20 mm) of characteristic short stout appearance, with 35 (male) to 37 (female) leg pairs. It is said to look like a "Haplophilus cut in half".
More information to allow accurate identification is given in the published identification keys by Tony Barber (2008 & 2009).
Eurygeophilus pinguis is a rare centipede is known from a handful of sites in north Devon where it was first found during a BMG field meeting in 1970 and more recently from two sites in Cornwall. It is possibly overlooked at other sites in this area.
[The record shown for South Wales on the NBN map (opposite) needs to be verified]
In Devon it is usually associated with deciduous trees. The Cornish sites are an ornamental garden and a domestic garden.
This account is based on the 'Centipede Atlas' (Barber, 2022).